The Bullants are back in the top four tonight after a dominant first half display against Richmond Central that set up taking the four points today at Ted Ajani Reserve.
After a disappointing loss to the Preston Bullants a fortnight before the Bullants wanted to come out a redeem themselves against the Snakes at Ted Ajani today. The boys in the Blue & Gold set the tone of the game early with fierce tackling, winning hard one on one contests and breaking the lines delivering to the forward line. This set up 3 early goals for the Bullants that quickly gave them a 19 point lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. Richmond continued to try and win clearances throughout the ground but another Bullants goal gave them a comfortable 25 point lead half way through the first time. The Snakes scored their first goal moments later and then a another one soon after to get the margin back down to 2 goals. The Bullants steadied and 2 late first term goals got them out to a 27 point lead at the first change.
The Bullants continued the pressure much throughout the second quarter as well as they were making it difficult for Richmond to move the ball easy through the middle and deliver to their forwards. Captain Michael Pace was great in the term with big spoils and clearances through the backline to keep the Snakes at bay. With the help of the backline the Bullants extended their lead in the term. Again Richmond got some late goals in the term but the Bullants had increased their lead ever so slightly heading into the half time break.
The second half was much an even contest with. It was a very much goal for goal third term with the Snakes getting the last before the three quarter time siren to get the margin back to a very winnable 24 points at the last change.
Coach Anthony Palmer was calling on his troops in the three quarter time huddle to not give up the fight and continue to apply pressure on the Snakes as they will try at come out to have a big final term to try and overrun the Bullants. The Snakes scored the first goal of the term which got their team and supporters up and about around the ground. With the margin under 3 goals and much of the term still to play they were very much in striking distance of the Bullants. The Bullants steadied however and slowed the game down to get it back on their terms. Brodie Mclaughlin was fantastic throughout the quarter and day and the Bullants eventually held on to win by 20 points and claim their second win of the season.
Bill Tourogianis was solid as usual in his 250th game for the club, Billy Wilson, Anthony Lucisano, Chris Galapi and Alan Hodges all stood up in the absence of the Bullants power forward Pasi Schwalger and kicked 2 goals a piece whilst Kristian Cherbakof was solid for his first game in the Blue & Gold for 2016.
The Bullants now take on third placed West Brunswick away next week in what is looming as the match of the round.
Goal Kickers: A. Lucisano 2, B. Wilson 2, C. Galapi 2, A. Hodges 2, H. Vogler, D. Dakin, B. McLaughlin, J. Cowell, K. Cherbakof
Best Players: B. McLaughlin, M. Pace, O. Aziz, B. Wilson, D. Dakin, B. Tourogianis
BTAFC – 13.9-87
Richmond Central – 9.13-67